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An Analysis of President Barack Obama's Full Inauguration Sp

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An Analysis of President Barack Obama's Full
Inauguration Speech 2009
Fleur Kerssemakers, Niels van Meijel
Table of Contents
Introduction
Inauguration Speech Video
Brief summary
How the speech is delivered
Language and Power
Language and Social Relations
How it impacts on the world
The role of language in relation to particular issues in the world
Questions
Obama is the 44th president of the United States of America, he was elected twice in his career, once in 2009 and once in 2013.
He is the first president to have African roots.
President Barack Obama is seen as one of the better speakers of the 21st century.
Introduction
What have you noticed about the way Obama Speaks? What makes his speeches so powerful?
Brief Summary

Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real, they are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this America: They will be met
.” (Lines 24-25)
- Presents the problems faced by the United States
- Tells the public that he will make changes
How does he deliver his speech?
Posture
Gesture
Tone
Language and Power
What makes Obama's speeches so effective?
The speech is very direct

My fellow citizens, I stand here today humbled by the task before us, grateful for the trust you have bestowed, mindful of the sacrifices borne by our ancestors.
” Lines (3-4)
"My fellow citizens”, “Us
”, “
we”
, and “
our

The use of a Tricolon - three words or phrases that essentially mean the same but are said in different ways after each other.
Language and Social Relations
The use of Imagery
“Those ideals still light up the world”
(line 95)
“To the people of poor nations, we pledge to work alongside you to make your farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds.
” (Line 131-132)
The use of Contrast
“To all other peoples and governments who are watching today, from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born”
(lines 97-98)

“But that we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist”
(line 129)

“Our challenges may be new, the instruments with which we meet them may be new, but those values upon which our success depends, honesty and hard work, courage and fair play, tolerance and curiosity, loyalty and patriotism—these things are old.
” (lines 149- 151)
The use of Metaphors

“The words have been spoken during rising tides of prosperity and the still waters of peace”
(line 9)

"
Endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth
"(line 45-46)
The use of references

“All are equal, all are free, and all deserve a chance to pursue their full measure of happiness.”
(lines 34-35)
-Declaration of Independence
-Other references: Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
The use of Repetition

“ Our nation is at war against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred. Our economy is badly weakened, a consequence of greed and irresponsibility on the part of some but also our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age.”
(line 14-17)
Ethos, Pathos and Logos

-Ethos is when one tries to persuade an audience by using their authority and credibility.
-Pathos is the means by which listeners are persuades because a speaker uses emotion to engage with the audience.
-Logos is used when a speaker intends to persuade an audience by using logic and reasoning to develop an argument.
“For us, they packed up their few worldly possessions and traveled across oceans in search of a new life. For us, they toiled in sweatshops and settled the West, endured the lash of the whip and plowed the hard earth.
For us, they fought and died in places Concord and Gettysburg; Normandy and Khe Sanh.
Time and again these men and women struggled and sacrificed and worked till their hands were raw so that we might live a better life. They saw America as bigger than the sum of our individual ambitions; greater than all the differences of birth or wealth or faction.”
(line 44-50)

“And why a man whose father less than 60 years ago might not have been served at a local restaurant can now stand before you to take a most sacred oath.
” (lines 61-63)
The role of language in relation to particular issues in the world
?
What is the purpose of an Inauguration Speech?
-Inform the public about the President's intentions

How it impacts on the world
The use of "I"
Sources
"Welcome to the Purdue OWL." Purdue OWL: Establishing Arguments. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Nov. 2013. <https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/588/04/>.

"Ethos, Pathos, and Logos." Ethos, Pathos, and Logos. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Nov. 2013. <http://courses.durhamtech.edu/perkins/aris.html>.

"An Analysis of the Rhetoric of President Obama's Inaugural Address." An Analysis of the Rhetoric of President Obama's Inaugural Address. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Nov. 2013. <http://www.exec-comms.com/blog/2009/01/20/obama-the-lion-in-winter/>.

"Max Atkinson's Blog: Rhetoric and Imagery in President Obama’s Inauguration Speech." Max Atkinson's Blog: Rhetoric and Imagery in President Obama’s Inauguration Speech. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Nov. 2013. <http://maxatkinson.blogspot.nl/2009/01/rhetoric-and-imagery-in-president.html>.

"5 Speechwriting Lessons from Obama’s Inaugural Speech." Six Minutes RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Nov. 2013. <http://sixminutes.dlugan.com/inauguration-speech-analysis-barack-obama-inaugural/>.

"Menu." Webtropic. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2013. <http://webtropic.cc/2009/01/21/obama-i-you-they-or-we/>.

Conclusion
- Uses stylistic devices and speech techniques to make the speech more effective
- He re assures the public
- Accessible language but still forma
- Inaugural address = informative and reassuring
- Accessible language
Language and Social Relations
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